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Reduce ~ Reuse ~ Recycle

The Environmental Protection Agency reports that 40% of America's trash is composed of paper products, 17% is yard trimmings, 9% is composed of metals, 8% are plastics, 7% is food scraps, and 7% is glass. Most of the material that ends up being thrown in the trash would be better placed elsewhere.

To make a difference every day, follow the 3 Rs–Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Following the 3 Rs saves energy, reduces pollution and results in less materials going to landfills.

REDUCE

The best way to reduce is to avoid wasting materials. Don't buy things you don't need or buy more than you will use. If you realize you bought too much of something, share it with your friends so they won’t have to buy as much.

Another way to reduce is to pay special attention to what you buy. This practice is called "precycling." To precycle, purchase products that don't use unnecessary packaging. Snack packs that contain several items (like meat, crackers and cheese) use too much packaging for the small amount of food you get. You use much less packaging and get much more for your money if you just buy you meat, cheese and crackers separately and make your own snack pack each day!

Shop wisely to reduce wasteful extra packaging. Don't buy more of something than you will use.

You can also precycle by buying products that come in recycled packaging that can be recycled again after you use it. Buy items that you use frequently in bulk because it usually requires less packaging. If you drink a lot of bottled water, buy the big jug and refill smaller bottles.

Some grocery items come in unnecessary packaging. Ever notice how some stores put vegetables on foam trays and wrap them while other stores have the produce loose and unwrapped? If you're only going to throw away the wrap when you get home anyway, it doesn't make sense to buy packaged fresh produce since it needs to be washed anyway whether it's in a package or loose in a bin.

Buy durable products that will last a long time. Paying a little more for something that will last a long time is cheaper than buying something that will wear out quickly and need replacing. Don't buy disposable single use products such as paper plates, disposable razors and disposable eating utensils for everyday use.

Reduce by not buying single-use items such as plasticware and paper plates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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